Anush Yousefian Hansen
Education: St. Lawrence University, BA, Environmental Studies 1996; University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences, MS, Public Health/Epidemiology 2001; University of New Hampshire, MA, Counseling 2011.
Anush has been with the Muskie School of Public Service since 2005. She is a member of the Maine Rural Health Research Center, and has contributed to numerous rural health projects focused on behavioral health, active living, food access and healthy eating, childhood obesity and substance abuse prevention. Since 2006, Anush has directed three consecutive Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research projects, investigating how policies, programs and the physical environment can promote walking and biking, and increase access to other opportunities for physical activity in rural communities. Anush has also been involved in several public health program evaluation projects for the Muskie School, including the evaluation of a local Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative, the Maine Colorectal Cancer Control Program, and the Northern Maine Rural Collaborative initiative at Eastern Maine Healthcare.
Anush is particularly interested in how policy, systems and environmental changes can help create sustainable communities that facilitate healthy behaviors among low-income individuals and families. Prior to joining the Muskie School, Anush worked in the Bureau of Environmental Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health and at the Office of Health Promotion Research, University of Vermont College of Medicine.